Factors affecting commercial application of embryo technologies in dairy cattle in Europe - a modelling approach

J.A.M. van Arendonk, P. Bijma

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Abstract

Reproductive techniques have a major impact on the structure of breeding programmes, the rate of genetic gain and dissemination of genetic gain in populations. This manuscript reviews the impact of reproductive technologies on the underlying components of genetic gain and inbreeding with special reference to the role of female reproductive technology. Evaluation of alternative breeding schemes should be based on genetic gain while constraining inbreeding. Optimum breeding schemes can be characterised by: decreased importance of sib information; increased accuracy at the expense of intensity; and a factorial mating strategy. If large-scale embryo cloning becomes feasible, this will have a small impact on the rate of genetic gain but will have a large impact on the structure of breeding programmes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-649
JournalTheriogenology
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • overlapping generations
  • animal biotechnology
  • predicting rates
  • genetic response
  • asymptotic rates
  • predefined rate
  • selection
  • populations
  • programs
  • schemes

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